So…You Want to Work from Home! (Myths & Truths)

The Career Engineer

Ah yes, everyone wants to work from home. But are you REALLY ready to handle the freedom and independence of remote working? Or are you suspicious about “work from home” opportunities? Are they real, can you make a good LIVING; or is it another job hunters beware scam? Working from home can be a blessing for professionals who desire extreme flexibility to meet work and life demands. But it’s not a party…and production and performance STILL matter. Never fear, the Career Engineer is here to share some definite “tips & tricks” for the job hunter who would like to tap into the remote or telecommuting industry.

 

Remote Work Opportunities (Myths & Truths)

  • You Have To PAY to Work from Home: Bona fide W2 opportunities are not a Pay to Play world. If someone says you can work from home but it cost you $$$ up front to work for them…run! (Myth/Hustle)

 

  • Traditional Companies are Embracing It: Teleworking, hoteling & remote work is now more than ever being embraced by government and traditional sectors for certain professions. Use of mobile technology, virtual meetings and “the cloud” is making this a better fit for the bottom line. (Truth)

 

  • ONLY Stuffing Envelopes or Setting Appointments (Myth): Telecommute/Remote Jobs in Virginia Beach: management, sales, customer services, marketing, accounting/finance, healthcare, education and business operations. (Sourced Today from Google for Work (Listen to Our Interview)CLICK HERE for Remote Jobs in the USA.

 

  • Think Career Entrepreneur (Freelancing): SEO, web design, graphic arts, virtual assistance, consulting, fashion, content writing, program management…have you tried http://fivver.com (employment redefined)

 

  • Bonus: 2018 Coming, Don’t Get Ready…Be Ready? Check out our New Website, http://TCEnow.com, Black Friday and Holiday Deals on TCE Coaching!!!

 

The Career Engineer, http://TCEnow.com | info@TCEnow.com | 757-745-4823 (4TCE) @CareerEngineer (Twitter, IG & Periscope) Follow us everywhere on social media

Yes I Have Breast Cancer…But I STILL Need to Work!

TCE Summit Helps Employees and Breast Cancer Survivors to Stay Employed!

According to the BreastCancer.org, “…in 2017, an estimated 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S. As of March 2017, there are more than 3.1 million women with a history of breast cancer in the U.S. This includes women currently being treated and women who have finished treatment.” I know, I am one of them. In 2016, I was diagnosed with a surprise Stage 3, Triple Negative Breast Cancer followed by aggressive chemotherapy and radiation. “It’s a tough time for many women who are anxious about their appearance, dignity, self-esteem and paying their bills.” says Francina R. Harrison, MSW, known nationally as “The Career Engineer®” (TCE).

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Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared! In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, for every paid registration, The Career Engineer will provide one (1) complimentary TCE Career & Business Breakfast and Summit ticket for a breast cancer patient or survivor who is still working but anxious about their career or business future. I’ve talked to women in the workforce who are fearful about breast cancer treatment and how it will impact their careers or future. During my journey, powered by fierce faith and TCE “mental Push-Ups”, I stayed in business, spoke at conferences and appeared on TV (often the day after chemo)! That’s why this year’s theme, “The POWER of NOW & NEXT”, is so important. I have learned that when bad news hits us, it’s what we do NEXT ..that matters,” says The Career Engineer, the TCE Summit Breakfast keynote speaker.

ABOUT THE SUMMIT

The 8th Annual TCE Career, Life & Business Breakfast and Summit will be held at the Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Attendees will have Saturday access to human resources, CEO’s, decision makers, career and business opportunities, intelligence, success strategies and “high-touch and hi-tech” networking and more. There will be boutique engagements and QA sessions at the Summit as well as Friday evening and Saturday summit receptions. “It’s all building REALationshipsSM, increasing motivation, empowerment, impact, potential and encouraging professionals to shift from NOW to NEXT,” says Francina Harrison, The Career Engineer.

Featured Business Panelists: Wesley Jones, COO of Crewestone Technology national/international multimedia, marketing media and technology firm; Stacey Mansfield, Director of Corporate Communication of Norfolk Southern Corporation; Brenda Walker-Moton, Atlanta Based Film Director & Executive Producer; and Duane Thompson, Author, CEO of Sabrosa Foods Inc., 8(a) certified, operates both the Sabrosa Foods Service & Asorbas Product Brand Manufacturing Divisions.

Featured Career Panelists: Ms. Danielle Dutton, MS, PHR, Office of Civilian Human Resources (Federal Government); Dr. Phyllis Slade Martin, DMV Based CEO of Slade and Associates, research & organizational consulting;  Ms. Michelle Larkin, Division Manager on the Langley Administrative, Media and Professional Services (LAMPS) contract at NASA Langley; and renowned Clinical Psychologist, Mary H. Walden, Department of the Navy (DON), Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program Manager in the EEO Center of Excellence Office and Professor & CEO, Dr. Portia Rawles of DrPortiaRawles.com, speaking on workplace health and stress.

Invited Virtual Guest: CEO Alex Khan, Germany Based digital thought leader who teaches 1000s of people daily how to gain reach via social media and turn it into profit.

For information on this event give The Career Engineer a call at 757-745-4823 (4TCE).  To get tickets and/or support this campaign please visit http://TCESummit.com or give The Career Engineer a call at 757-745-4823. This event is sponsored by The Career Engineer http://TCEnow.com TCE Network http://MyTCEnow.com, Urban League of Hampton Roads, and DrPortiaRawles.com .


The Career Engineer® (TCE) , http://TCEnow.com/, is a nationally recognized Virginia-based consulting firm that helps job hunters & business owners increase impact and potential with career coaching strategies, social visibility platform building and procurement connections. TCE has been a featured panelist at the 2016 National Urban League Conference (Baltimore), Voted 2014 Radio Producer of the Year (SEVAA), 2010 Women in Business Achievement Award (Inside Business), featured on the TJMS, BlackEnterprise.com, Chicago Tribune and is a recurring expert on WAVY10 and media across the USA.

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How Faith, Castor Oil, Chemo & Showing Up, Healed ME!

So I shared some “Healing Tips” on my TCE Instagram account on things  I did during my Stage  3  Cancer treatments that helped me get thru it in an uncommon way.   What’s also interesting, is that I continued using this regimen and it has helped me to feel even better post-chemo and radiation treatment. So when I share this on Instagram, it seemed to produce interest,  curiosity and more!  In fact, it was suggested by a follower…that these tips should be published. So I figured, why not blog about it.

But first, let me do the legal thing.   I am not a doctor or a medical professional so please be aware that the results that happened to me may be different, don’t work for you or it could be better. My lawyer is happy that I cleared that up.  But what I WILL SAY, and what  I am… is a stage 3, triple negative, spread to my nodes,  breast cancer conqueror  (I’m not a survivor) was healed in 366 days and who seem to have tolerated chemo without the extreme sickness. extreme fatigue or physical complications.

So….here are those tips and I hope they bless someone.

MY HEALING REGIMEN:  Of Course I activated my faith, prayed, did 5 months of aggressive chemo, 4 Neulasta shots, weekly lab work, 5 surgeries and  6 weeks of daily radiation! Oh did you see my LAST DAY OF TREATMENT video on youtube, I’m not glamorous, it’s pretty encouraging, but get some tissue!!!

DURING TREATMENT:  I also drank half my body weight in water 3 days before and after chemo,  used Bragg’s Organic castor oil (mixed with rosemary and lavender) on my body, nails, skin, brows, hair, scares and eyelashes..even as the hair said “goodbye”.   Let me be 100% truthful, I shaved my head at 6 weeks when it started to come out.

Let me not forget to mention my Black Soap by Rafiki skin Care (amazing on my troubled skin).  Also took my daily apple cider vinegar cocktail in the morning, stayed engaged in my career, life and business and took naps lol. Folks getting up, every day, getting dressed, staying engaged in LIFE is the key.  Oh, I also laughed a lot, told jokes and did the wobble as much as possible (yes the line dance).

All I can say, skin glowed, nails grew, no nausea, no bone pain, no mouth sores, nails did not fall off (in fact they grew), no weight loss, energy (not like before cancer) but it was workable. Proof of energy is my local – national speaking event, interviewing amazing people like Coach Mike Tomlin and coordinated both the 2016 TCE Summit (two weeks after chemo).  We also ROCKED the 2017  TCE Summit and blessed over 20 employees who are going through treatment to stay empowered and to on the job.  Yes, another stellar event will be planned for October next year, just stay connected to TCE.    Now, what’s REALLY interesting to me, even today, is that ALL of my speaking events happened the day AFTER chemo; yeah that’s how GOD works.  Oh yeah , that chemo fog thing (hum..I don’t think so lol)

AFTER TREATMENT: I STILL DAILY EAGLE UP, FAITH UP, THANK GOD  HOURLY,  take my  daily vitamin, castor oil regimen (skin, nails, eyes, hair, brows, lashes, feet, hands), water,  apple cider vinegar cocktail, added Coq10, b12, B6 and iron pills to help red blood cells and reduce chemo-induced anemia, neuropathy.  Dancing 30 minutes (when no one is watching), getting some REAL Sun, and doing housework more (hey its exercise.) I’ve also added 2000mg Vitamin D daily to the mix, my energy seems more consistent now 11 months post final treatment.

So, that’s what I did and now I LIVE every day…like I’m dying!  (Meaning  well, because according to science, our cells die…daily; so don’t waste your day’s folks, make sure they count for something).  In fact, I redesigned a group of mine on Facebook called “Don’t Get Anxious”  to help others to keep it moving and flowing, in-spite of LIFE’s obstacles.  You are welcomed to join the group, share your wisdom and share the group with others.

 

Of course, if you have questions or comments about this blog, please ask below…I am happy to share what worked for me.

Ready to Spring Into Your New Job?

Ah spring is in the air, can you feel it? This is a great time to find amazing opportunities in today’s workplace. Job fairs and career open houses sprout up this time of year looking for great people to fill their talent needs. Are YOU that new Spring Hire? Never fear the Career Engineer is here sharing some spring tips & tricks for you to bloom!

  • DECIDE WHAT YOU WANT TO DO: Anywhere and everywhere is NOT a job search goal…it’s chaos. Instead try a “hi-tech/high-touch” targeted, intentional and focused approach to the marketplace. TCE PushUp: If you don’t know your destination, every path you take is the wrong one.
  • DECIDE WHERE YOU WANT TO GO: Think industry instead of job title…this technique produces more options.   For example, if you are an office administrative professional who enjoys children…source opportunities in: education, early education, pediatric medicine and youth centric organizations (girl scouts, boy scouts, YMCA etc). Check out the TCEjobStop , enter your zip code and see who is hiring right now
  • DECIDE TO SELL YOUR VALUE: Great employers want GREAT talent; give them what they are looking for! Sale who you ARE, not what you’re NOT! Performance, Accomplishments and Leadership (PALS) is the name of this game. Employers are looking for people they like, have the talent, fit the culture and can get the job done…is that YOU?

 

 

 

The Career Engineer Author of the book “A Mind to Work, 2nd Edition” http://TCEnow.com info@TCEnow.com 757-745-4TCE @CareerEngineer (Twitter, IG & Periscope)

 

Booming Job Opportunities for Baby Boomers!!

Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared!  The 21st Century workforce is NOT just for millennials and GenX’ers. Our Baby Boomers are a great asset to employers and organizations who are looking for high-touch workforce engagement and “tried and true” delivery. So the Career Engineer is here, to share second career opportunities and reasons why Boomers are in demand.

Boomers Rock and Here’s Why:

  • What Do Baby Boomers Bring to the Career Table: high-touch customer service, quality first attitude, pride in workmanship, emotional maturity, retention and loyalty.   What employer doesn’t want that? #Boom!
  • It’s Time To SELL Your Boom: No, you are not 22; and for some employers, that a big plus. Don’t focus on the “ism”. Instead believe and sell your past experience, expertise, wisdom, critical thinking skills, crisis management, self-management and problem solving skills!
  • Boomer Resources: AARP ROCKS! 55+ and over, Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) call them (757) 625-7001 (Norfolk, va) more contact info http://aarp.org
  • Consider Giving Back & Getting Paid: Consider the non-profit arena as PT paid staff in organizations that fit your purpose. Use sites like http://volunteerhr.org  (my 757 area)  or Guidestar  find national non-profits and reach out to them. Don’t forget the social organizations you are currently involved in…network and ask about paid positions.

 

Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared” The Career Engineer: http://TCEnow.com Email: info@TCEnow.com 757-745-4TCE , Twitter @CareerEngineer

 

Boo!! Don’t Get Scared, Get Hired! (FEAR 2 FIERCE)

Transitioning to a new career or making a major career move can be scary, overwhelming or worse. But never Fear, the Career Engineer is here…to share gaming changing tips to convert FEAR to FIERCE POWER. Here are some practical points from some very powerful people featured at the TCE Summit.

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Check out these TCE Power Tips Below. 

  • Your Network is Your Net Worth: So Look at the people, places and things you are surrounded by or connecting with…Question: Are they working for you…if not it’s time to #NetworkUp   This tip shared by Periscope Phenomena German Based @1alexkhan .
  • You Must Differentiate Yourself from the Rest: What is so unique about your gifts and talents…that it stands out from the REST?   Average and common are not SELLING points; however, awesome and uncommon…ROCK. This tip shared by @YoitsVinnie (NYC based TV Show Casting Director).
  • You Internal Must Equal Your External: Job searching is stressful and Job coping is worse. Make sure that your mind; body and soul are synced BEFORE you put your brand out there. This tip is shared by Stanford Alumni & Clinical Psychology @Drportia1 .
  • FEEL The FEAR…FACE It Anyway: False Evidence Being REAL (FEAR), Stop being SCARED of the future, prepare for it instead. This tip is powered by @CareerEngineer .

“Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared” The Career Engineer: http://TCEnow.com Email: info@TCEnow.com 757-745-4TCE , Twitter @CareerEngineer

ITT Tech Closes, 8000 Employees Lose Jobs & Wells Fargo Fires 5300…Is Job Security Dead?

ITT Tech Closes, 8000 Employees Lose Jobs & Wells Fargo Fires 5300…Is Job Security Dead? The Career Engineer Says “High-Touch with Hi-Tech” Skills Can Help Keep Your Career Alive”

Virginia Beach, VA — September 28th 2016 — According to The New York Times, “for-profit colleges were a magnet for billions of dollars in federal student loans and grants to low-income students. In 2010, they gobbled up more than $32 billion, a quarter of all federal financial aid, nearly double their share less than a decade earlier, the Senate committee inquiry found. Hundreds of millions more flowed in from the Pentagon and veterans’ programs through the G.I. Bill.” In terms of the Wells Fargo fires, CNN Money reports “that they are now, hearing from former Wells Fargo (WFC) workers around the country who tried to put a stop to these illegal tactics. Almost half a dozen workers who spoke with us say they paid dearly for trying to do the right thing: they were fired.”

“These two companies have put thousands out of work while high paid executives keep their bonuses and their jobs” says Francina R. Harrison, MSW, known nationally as “The Career Engineer®” (TCE). A better command of “High-Touch and Hi-Tech” strategies of sourcing opportunities, vetting office politics, REALationship building can change the results for these downsized workers. Here’s how, The Career Engineer is the visionary behind TCE Career, Life & Business Summit and Awards Luncheon at the Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel on Saturday, October 22, 2016 (includes a Friday Evening VIP Reception). Limited scholarships are available to attend the Career Panel for career seekers with hardship due to layoff or downsizing. The TCE Summit positions career seekers/changers, entrepreneurs, (SWaM, veteran, virtual and home-based) with the “Hi-Touch & Hi-Tech” advantage. TCE does this via real talk career and business panels, strategic lunch seating, REALationships networking, access to stealth decision makers in an engaging, boutique (no hustle zone) environment.

Be in the Room Versus on the Menu!! For career professionals, the TCE Summit will cover topics by panels such as effective 21st century networking, career/workforce do’s and don’ts, upward mobility, access to human resources, professionals, and obtain golden career leads. For small-business owners, The TCE Summit topics will include CEO best practices, lessons learned, procurement intelligence, social technology power, 21st century visibility, capital and deal making connections. There will be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions, network and engage with seasoned CEO’s, managers and human resources professionals. “It’s all about creating REALationshipsSM and harnessing visibility technology that can increase your time, talent and treasure” says Francina Harrison.

Featured Business Panelists: Mr. Taylor Adams, Purchasing Agent, City of Virginia Beach; Mr. Leonard Robinson, CEO of EnviroBro LLC, an Environmental consultant and President of the California Black Chamber; Ms. Dannette Smith, Director Human Services, City of Virginia Beach, manages a staff of 1200 and a budget over $10M; and Mr. Kelvin Author, CPA and Consultant who practices in all 50 states specialization in tax strategy/financial positioning for business and non-profits.

Featured Career Panelists: CEO, Mr. Torin Ellis (TV judge, human capital entrepreneur/hybrid recruiter) of Baltimore; Ms. Danielle Dutton, MS, PHR, Office of Civilian Human Resources (Federal Government); Ms. Michelle Larkin, Division Manager on the Langley Administrative, Media and Professional Services (LAMPS) contract at NASA Langley; Ms. Vaughnchette Rudisill, 15+ year Human Resources Staffing and CEO of Epiphany Consulting; and renowned Clinical Psychologist & CEO, Dr. Portia Rawles, speaking on work/life relationships, stress and safety.

Invited Virtual Guests are CEO Alex Khan a German based serial entrepreneur, speaker, editor, and social media strategist.

& Vinnie Potestivo, CEO Vinnie Potestivo Entertainment Inc. a full-service NYC based entertainment agency specializing in talent-driven casting, booking and original development.

Sponsors of this event include the Urban League of Hampton Roads, Xpress Mail and Business Services, TNT Mobile Detailing, DrPortiaRawles.com . Partners are Images By Kenneth, Musician JuJuDrum and the TCE Network. For info on this click http://TCESummit.com or give The Career Engineer a call at 757-745-4823.

The Career Engineer®, http://TCEnow.com/, is a nationally recognized Virginia-based consulting firm that helps career seekers & business owners increase their “bottom-line” with career networking, social media platform building and procurement connections. The Career Engineer has been a featured panelist at the 2016 National Urban League Conference (Baltimore), Voted 2014 Radio Producer of the Year (SEVAA), 2010 Women in Business Achievement Award (Inside Business), featured on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, BlackEnterprise.com, Chicago Tribune and is a recurring expert on WAVY10 and media across the USA.

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Labor Day is Coming, Time to Shift Gears & Put Your “A-Game On!”

2016-08-22-12.47.28.jpg.jpgAh, Labor Day is coming! September and October are the BIG months for hiring before the holiday season. Vacation time is over and the fall is going to ask the summer “how’s your A-Game… or are your still “at the beach?” So, here are some TCE Career PushUps to help you get ready and positioned to hear “You Are Hired” this fall!

 

TCE PushUp: “You Can’t SELL…What You Don’t KNOW!”
(Have strong responses to Tough Interview questions)

• 3 to 5 Reasons Someone Should Hire You? (PALS)
• What are your Strengths? What are your Limitations?
• Tell Me Something About Yourself? (Most Dangerous Question!!!)

TCE PushUp: “Plan Your Work AND Work Your Plan”
(Yes, define your market — Job Sourcing 101)

• Low/High Tech: Walk the Beat, Job Centers, Friends/Past Employers, LinkedIn,
• Job Boards: Niche Boards, Indeed.com, Snagajob.com, Dice.com, prjobforce.com

TCE PushUp: “It’s NOT Who You KNOW…It’s Who KNOWS YOU”
(No networking = Net)

• Get Involved, Get Connected: (PTA, professional networks, Sports, TCE Network)
• (Open To The Public) September TCE 1st Tuesday Career & Biz Showup @ Aloft Hotel, Chesapeake VA http://TCE757.Eventbrite.com

“Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared” Follow @CareerEngineer on Twitter, IG, Periscope & Snapchat, visit our website: http://TCEnow.com or email info@TCEnow.com

How to Bounce Back from a Lay-off (TCE Style)

Oh no! That dreaded meeting in the office at the end of the day (Thursdays and Friday’s are the preferred days.) Have you ever heard this, “…In spite of all your efforts and a job “well done”, an “executive decision” was made to cut cost and reduce expenditure. It’s not a reflection on you and your hard work, it’s the economy, funding, etc.”   In other words, you have just been laid-off!   Then those immediate feelings of disbelief “no this is NOT happening to me”, panic or anxiety kick in. So what do YOU do? I mean, what CAN YOU Do? Never fear, the Career Engineer is here with some “Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared” tips and booster to help you bounce back from the Lay-off. 

  • Access Where You Are: Get a realistic handle on your career power & cash resources (60, 90, 180 day plans are a good idea). Start developing a job search plan, tap into you vetted contacts and get busy. Connect with your local unemployment agency to see where you stand in terms of unemployment benefits and additional resources/help.
  • If it’s Broke, Fix It: Revisit your Brand (resume, Social platform, connections) Update with Power Now! Yes you can do it yourself with books and YouTube training or you can hire a professional career strategist who knows how to help you SELL your brand and close the deal.
  • Job Development: Niche Boards and job fairs are the best: Check out National Job Fairs for a list of fairs in your area and the Best 50 Job Boards .   Also view your Economic development agencies, Chamber Listings or visit the Library to get information on companies and points of contacts in your area.
  • Network for REAL: Find vetted, boutique, solid gatherings where REALatioships, Access and Opportunity shine. Be careful not to execute an everywhere and anywhere strategy but attend events or gatherings where the people you want to get in front of…attend. TCE Career & Biz Summit is happening Oct 22, you may want to check this out since decision makers will be there in the career and biz space.

 

“Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared” The Career Engineer: http://TCEnow.com Email: info@TCEnow.com 757-745-4TCE , Twitter @CareerEngineer & Periscope

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@CareerEngineer shares Tips on TV — Getting BACK To Work!

September and October are the BIGGEST months to make that change, move up or move out. New job orders are out, companies are interviewing and hiring for professional and para-professional opportunities.  So “Never Fear — The Career Engineer   is here...to share some TCE Tips to “Get BACK in the Grind and Get Back to Work.   My TCE tips shared below can  be help you “make some movements.”

In the spirit of making a move….what’s your most inspiring job search or job changing experience?  You never know you could share something here, that could be a blessing or eye opener for someone else. (Remember, sharing is caring…let’s help folks to get back to work).

  • Do You KNOW Your WOW Factor? A REAL Self Assessment including Pitfalls are Critical.  Remember You “Can’t SELL What You Don’t Know”

 

  • Do You have 30 Second SELL Factor: Action Words, Performance Numbers, and Completed Tasks! Hint: If you have the following words in your brand :  responsible, depending, team player and reliable…you are doomed!

 

  • Do You KNOW Your Target? Research companies & create your Top 10 – 30 – 50 List.  Anywhere and everywhere is not a strategic job search…it’s a wish!  Buckle down and learn to develop your OWN market…that what Oprah, Bill, Warren and Mark…did!

 

 

The Career Engineer

“Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared” The Career Engineer: http://TCEnow.com Email: info@TCEnow.com 757-745-4TCE , Twitter @CareerEngineer and #periscope

 

 

7 Smart Techniques to Boost Smartphone Battery Life

There are few things more frustrating than watching your smartphone’s battery life drain away by the middle of the day when you just put it in your pocket with a full charge that morning. And as phones get bigger, processors get more powerful, and…

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ALL That Glitters Is NOT GOLD (it Could Be …RUST)

Gold Image for blogEarlier this month I posted a simple “impromptu” thought on my Facebook profile that seems to have generated a tremendous amount of interest.  I had a feeling (yeah I am getting very feeling oriented this days), that many of the good and amazing people I have none over the years…are getting themselves in positioned to be:  HUSTLED.

 

Here is a copy of what I posted on Facebook earlier today.

Just a Thought: All That Glitters is NOT Gold, Be Cautions of the “Quick, Fast & in a Hurry” Tongues, Fake places and Stolen spaces. In short folks, “Be careful Out There”.

The sad thing is…it’s not their fault (well not all of it!)  It’s almost like the sheep are just doing their thing peacefully on the hillside…and here comes those gosh darn wolves.   Of course, sometimes the sheep are hypnotized by the glare of the wolves coat:  its bling, its shine,  sweet words and the sugar-coated promises.

When you feel “anxious or unaware ” in your life, you may FEEL like you can only move forward when you have the support of a crowd.  Any crowd…even a fake one.  So to that I say … (Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared!).   The REAL problem is that wolves/false crowds prey on the ANXIOUS  and the UN-AWARE.  Do YOU know people like this…is it …YOU?

It gets worse…the “wolf” crowd will applause you, sing your praise, say they support you and buy your stuff (well initially).  Now this situation may allow you to think that you are safe from harm and secure.  But “all that glitters is not gold” you could be in a very dangerous space clouded by a false perception.  Why…because when you are a SHEEP in a crowd of WOLVES…9 times at of 10…YOU are on the menu! THEY are smiling, hugging you and at the same time licking their lips…as THEY prepare… for a FEAST aka YOU.  So how do YOU avoid getting Career, Life or Business Hustled?  

Try these TCE “REALationships” steps below!  

  • SEED/FRUIT:  Inspect the SEED, test the SOIL & check out the FRUIT (the REAL FRUIT, not the scripted stuff)
  • BIG EGO, SMALL HEART:  Ego’s overkill the words “I/Me”.  The heart speaks words such as  “We & CommUNITY”.
  • ALL IS VANITY:  Watch for OVERKILL of compliments in some cases,  folks are trying to PUFF YOU UP for the slaughter!
  • TO GOOD TO BE TRUE :  It is! Too many violins playing, sparrows flying around singing; listen to your gut & run
  • GOT STICKY POWER:  Are they consistently in the same form; or is the business reinventing or renaming game going on…again?

Would love to get your comments below directly on this blog on what you think about this topic.

Follow us on Twitter, Periscope and Snapchat (username “career engineer”)  for more of …this 🙂

The Career EngineerThe Career Engineer“Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared” The Career Engineer provides career , life and business solutions, brand visibility and re-engineering! click http://TCEnow.com Email: info@TCEnow.com 757-745-4823 (4TCE) .

Hey TCE, What Are Employers Looking For in 2016?

Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared! Welcome to the next 52 Monday mornings of the New Year. Forecasts are sharing positive job growth and hiring news this year! In fact, according to my, TCEJobStop there were over 800K new job openings listed 7 days prior to this post. Proof positive that companies are looking for great talent in this new year.  But the REAL question is…will you be one of them!

Never fear, The Career Engineer is here to share “What’s HOT in the Career Space in 2016.”

 

  1. Use of Technology innovation: The ability to command technology, understand data and analytics are a big deal in the 2016 job market. It’s not enough to just know WHAT it is…you have to know HOW to use it…the RIGHT way.

 

  1. PALS is STILL King: Remember your reputation will out weigh a resume..anyday!  So our TCE coined “Performance, Accomplishments and Leadership” aka PALS is still in effect.  Bottom-line, today’s employers want PALS. if you don’t have it, then you are OUT!

 

  1. Skills vs. School: Hear me folks, a college degrees is vital but it’s not everything. Certifications and/or “proof positive” performance of “in-demand” skills are what employers are looking for.  Don’t be paper WISE and skills foolish. In fact, I believe you should have…both!

 

  1. Mobility is Key: Candidates who can truly function “in business” with mobile devices/technology to work efficiently and effectively are in demand. This is beyond social sharing and Twitter.  It’s  REALLY about doing more with less AND still being ACCURATE , EFFICIENT and FAST. (Yep, welcome to the New World).

 

  1. Who is Hiring:  Our aging population has created a big demand for health care related jobs and technology to support that industry. But it’s not the only popular industry, keep your eyes open for other grow sectors listed in this article Top 30 Fastest Growing Industries.

Bonus:  Don’t miss our Daily “TCE Career & Biz Scope Show” Broadcast LIVE ONLY on #Periscope (Download the APP today from your Apple or Android Device.  Or watch entire LIVE show via our TCE Broadcast Channel right HERE Watch TCE on TV 

 

 

Destiny Stalled? The POWER of DISCONNECTIONS


The Career EngineerWithout a doubt, powerful, purposeful and positioned
connections are the required fuel to secure hidden opportunities in the 21st century marketplace.
We’ve been taught to hone in on your REAL connection/networking skills in order to increase our payday and opportunities. This is not only true for “traditional” networking where “human technology” is king (i.e. dinner/coffee meetings) but also for our social media power venues where “cyber” time is a critical commodity.

But what if, after much work and cultivation, you discover that your network is NOT working for you any longer? You are attending meetup, after-hour events, sharing resources with your “network”, investing your time currency, others are benefitting…but you are stalled!   Is it possible that the very people, places, data and things that are connected to us and after investing countless hours of time, talents and treasures…could be holding us back? The ultimate question, “Are we suffering from “stalled out or simply unpowered” connections AND have those connections stunted our ability to live and work in our divine destiny?

As we move forwarded in this New Year, perhaps the true focus of our networking should NO LONGER be acquiring or keeping connections that have out lived their value. As an entrepreneur who has built the TCE brand on global networking, I truly believe that the REAL message is not making MORE CONNECTIONS, but the understanding of the POWER of DISCONNECTIONS.  Now is the time to discover and “ACT ON” which connections should be UNPLUGGED in order for our destinies to be revealed.

Not sure how to identify a contact that needs a dis-connection from you?  Here are some TCE steps to determine if a disconnection is REQUIRED in order for you to meet your DESTINY!

  • Time Spent versus Time Invested: In all of our relationships or REALationship® (as we call them in TCE land), we need to be about “the business” of understanding Return on Investment (ROI). You can make more money, buy more things, but the allotment of time is something you NEVER get back.   When you SPEND time in a relation, you are in a consumer mindset (hence the word CONSUME). When you invest time in a relationship…you expect something back (hence the word investment.) If you are finding yourself spending MORE time (follow-ups, recharging, reworking)…this may be a sign from heaven…that it’s time to go.   Mr. Alfred Edmond Jr, Sr.VP/Editor-at-Large of BlackEnterprise, shared this valuable lesson with me on our TCE Radio Show some years back. He was happy to invest his time, as he KNEW the return on investment would be priceless.

TCE Power Statement: Learn to Invest Your Time Versus Spending It…There IS a difference.

  • Hunger versus Satisfaction: My granddaddy said, “A starving man can’t feed a hungry man, but a plump man…can!” If your circles of connections or influence are more than 50% starving folks who are FEEDING on your substance…you are in big trouble. In fact, that’s not a connection, but a chow line…and you are the main course. In order for you to reach and fulfill your destiny you need to be fed substance that you don’t currently have. Feeling hungry all the time…and your networks can’t or won’t feed you…sounds like it’s time to go!

TCE Power Statement: In 2015, Leave the MILK Alone, Time for You to Get Some MEAT.

  • Talking versus Doing: Listen to your connections…I mean REALLY listen to what they are saying. How much of the conversation reflects on accomplishments first, then talk later? Or are they skewed the other way around shouting zero accomplishments and talk only. Are they doing anything, creating positive change or generating “new” ideas? In this economy, purpose, performance, passion and profits have a renewed focus. If your networking circles are lacking in ANY of these 4P’s, it may be time for you to “re-check the connection.”

TCE Power Statement: “Stop Talking…DO SOMETHING!”

“Ah a New Job! The BEST Gift You Can Get!!”

All I want for Christmas is a brand new Job! Heard that the job hunt and connections REALLY slow down during the holidays? NOT! In fact it’s a GREAT time to either PREPARE or MAKE critical connections. The Career Engineer stops by to share some “post-turkey day” Career Boosters Tips during the holiday season & New Year.

Try these TCE boosters this season:

  • The Holiday Parties are Great Networking Events: I love to see career seekers in the room with business owners and decision makers. Now that’s a great party! check out holiday events powered by your chamber, professional organizations, alumni, family and friends.  Don’t forget the TCE Career & Biz Network

 

  • Let’ Them Drink Eggnog & Eat Cake: While your competition is drinking eggnog – you can ROCK your “A Game”: Polish up your brand and source your top 10, 30, or 50 organizations YOU want to work for and go for it! Yes you can Google Search, but why not try this gift — unplug this season and visit your friendly neighborhood Library.

 

  • Follow Me @CareerEngineer on Periscope & Twitter: Shared some fresh new Job Openings posted this morning in the 757! Plus daily career tips, tricks and trends! Daily TCE Career Scope Broadcasts (DL Periscope Today)

 

  • Click TCEjobstop for fresh Hot jobs Daily across the country.  Yes companies hire during the holidays for FTE and PT positions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Career Engineer“Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared” The Career Engineer: http://TCEnow.com Email: info@TCEnow.com), Twitter @CareerEngineer, FIND Us on Facebook.com/

 

 

TCE Shares “THE REAL SCOOP ON PERISCOPE”

“Let’s Talk About PERISCOPE ETIQUETTE, TIPS, TRICKS & TRENDS”

The Career Engineer

So what’s the SCOOP on PERISCOPE?  Well as an addicted “scoper” (that’s what we call ourselves), let me share my thoughts on this incredible new way to see the world from someone else’s eyes.

Periscope is nearly 8 months old with over 10 million users, and I am happy to be one of them. As an observer/broadcaster, I have commented, hearted, shared, followed, and replayed peri-newbies and the guru’s scopes. In all of my watching, learning and broadcasting (thanks for the hearts and follows guys), I have finally decided to share my thoughts about this amazing space that’s changed the game in LIVE streaming.

Feel free to comment, share and let me know your thoughts (oh…and I appreciate your follows @careerengineer).

  • Give Scoper Credit Where Credit is Due: Periscope is always changing, updating and growing (that’s one reason why I love this platform). With that being said, there are certain “Scopers” who source the NEWS before others…and they often share it (but that doesn’t mean you should steal it). So as a common courtesy: if you are sharing a news flash, update or “what’s hot” about this platform…give the original knowledge provider/sharer a shout out.  Don’t pretend like you learned this new thing on your own (when you watched it on someone else’s scope!) C’mon, I mean it’s just the right thing to do.
  • Like the HEARTS but LOVE the Followers:  Goodbye most loved list… and hello trending.  Welcome to the new deal which proves, yet again, the Periscope team was a step ahead of us.  Now we are made aware of scopers with (guess this) exceptional content, amazing retention rates and REAL value versus that gosh darn popularity “heart” contest.  Hearts are great and the original purpose was to let broadcasters know that their content was “on point and valued”. But somehow this concept got twisted into a heart contest, which defeated the purpose.   Sorry heart buyers…you got a bad deal.
  • Fakes It, Won’t Make it…Here: There are several concepts and values that are the foundations of the TCE Network such as: authenticity, being genuine and building REALationships (SM). Trust and community building are hard things to do offline, so you can imagine the drama in attaining those principles online. But now here comes Periscope…who’s original vision (no matter how often people try to pimp it) is REAL community building, being human merged with incredible technology. This is the purest form of diversity of thought from all faces, spaces and races. Now to that guy or gal who thought or have been “coached” to pretend or have an “elevated self-opinion”, it won’t work here. So try this novel approach: if you want your voice or message to be heard, just be “you.”
  • All Viewers…Matter! (Yes that includes the web viewers):  When I first started scoping I was told to ignore the web viewers and focus ALL MY ATTENTION on the LIVE viewers. In short, web viewers don’t matter because they can’t “heart you”. Gosh darn (that’s right no cussing) I was new so I followed to the letter the advice of the Periscope Gurus…but my gut and training told me different (note to self: listen to your gut). Now we understand that in most cases we are getting more views on the Web than in your LIVE broadcasts.  In fact my Peri-Mentor Alex Khan (Follow Him Now) proved that fact to his faithful viewers via FullScope.tv (analytics tool).
  • Periscope Tips, Tricks & Who Do I Watch: Hey as shared earlier, Periscope keeps up with new technology and trends. Here are the most recent updates at the time of this blog:
  1. Apply TV deal (that’s a BIG DEAL)
  2. replay fast forward/rewind
  3. Zoom (Not just for Apples anymore)
  4. Map 2.0 (A whole another level)
  5. Location myth busted (I will scope about that later).

I am honored to be a Beta Tester for Periscope so I have an early idea of what’s next (and it’s exciting). So, whom do I watch, grow and learn from on Periscope? Well, there are many great broadcasters but for me here are my Top 4:

If you follow me, you will ALWAYS see shares for these guys!

  1.  Ryan Bell (Creator of the official Periscope Summit) what a cool dude, another amazing guy who is all about community building and more.

 

  1.   Alex Khan (amazing human being, who is the perfect example of the right guy for this space, I could do a monthly blog post on Alex Khan #khanscope).

 

  1.  Vinnie Potestivo (We synced the moment we chatted, this fellow has a heart of gold and a spirit that matches… a true mover and shaker).

 

  1.  Mario Armstrong (Warning eat your Wheaties before you watch his scopes…because this guy brings it LIVE FOR REAL. EXTREME Technology content).

 

  • Money Does Not Maketh Man: Yeah, I got that from the Kingsmen Movie (get the Blu-ray). So…just because someone is a BIG NAME with BIG BUCKS in certain spaces does not mean they have character, content or value. In fact, at times it can be “just the opposite”.   Remember, they are scoping (just like you are) to explore, grow and monetize their efforts in a new market (let’s not get that twisted). I can’t tell you how many invites that I got excited about to actually join a scope with a powerful CEO, millionaire, Sales Guru, or inspirational/motivational speaker who attacked their viewers with name calling, extreme profanity…or worse. I even heard a very well know guru respond to a viewer about an upcoming event saying ”they are a bunch of freaks”.
  • Share & Tweet with Caution: Yes, broadcasters will ASK for your shares. However, be darn sure that what you are sharing ADDS VALUE and FITS your community. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been invited to watch a broadcast from a mutual…that when I tuned in…I had to tune out FAST. Their content, broadcast style and/or language use disturbed me (watching their other scopes did not help). The real bad thing about this situation is…what happens when I start thinking differently about the person who keeps ASK ME TO WATCH because they enjoy it …(hum just something to think about).

 

The Career Engineer“Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared” The Career Engineer provides career , life and business solutions, brand visibility and re-engineering!  click http://TCEnow.com Email: info@TCEnow.com 757-745-4823 (4TCE) , Twitter @CareerEngineer

 

Bill Gates Shares, What High School Can’t Teach You!

collegeToday I am speaking before a crowd of 21st century 14 – 18 year olds about the future, work values and their job search.  As I was thinking about how this “new digital school” group of exceptional young people may receive my “not so ole school” delivery about the value of work…I thought about Bill Gates.

An ole school fellow that young folks may admire because of this mighty dollars and senses (and Microsoft).  So I recalled  having this “piece of advice from brother Bill” in my  TCE archives.  dusted this thing off and will share it today.  ( I will let you know how it turns out, if they enjoy it our fall asleep).  But in the meantime, what do you think about Bill’s advise to our next generation, is the below STILL relevant today?

Bill Gates’ speech at a high school about 11 things students DID NOT and WILL NOT learn in school

Rule 1: Life is not fair – get used to it! 
Rule 2: The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your
Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.

Rule 6: If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try de-cluttering the closet in your own room.

Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.

Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.

TCE Summit Promotes “P2P” Connections to Increase Employment and Decrease Biz Failures

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Contact: Francina R. Harrison, MSW, (The Career Engineer)
P.O. Box 64923, Virginia Beach, VA 23464-4923
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VIRGINIA BEACH, VA — October 8th 2015 — Francina R. Harrison, MSW, known nationally as “The Career Engineer®” (TCE), will host a TCE Career, Life & Business Summit and Awards Luncheon (The TCE Summit) at the SpringHill Suites, Norfolk Virginia Beach on Saturday, October 17, 2015 (includes a Friday Evening Kickoff Reception). The TCE Summit will equip career professionals, job seekers and small business owners with the 21st-Century competitive advantage.

For career professionals, the TCE Summit will cover topics such as effective networking, career/workforce intelligence and share hidden career leads. There will be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions, network and build relationships with CEO’s and human resources professionals.

For small-business owners, The TCE Summit topics will include CEO insights, best practices, lessons learned, procurement intelligence, technology, social media, 21st century marketing/branding, fiscal accountability and deal making connections. “It’s all about creating REALationshipsSM that have the capacity to produce increased revenue as well as social capital,” says Francina Harrison. “I decided to host this event in Coastal Virginia to introduce business owners and career professionals from all over the country to what this area has to offer.”

According to the Department of Labor, 142,000 jobs were added in September, 7.9 million Americans are still unemployed and countless others are under-employed or worse “unhappily employed”. Small Business owners, SWaMs and non-profits are struggling to make payroll, source the “right talent”,” secure gov’t contracts and access capital to grow their organizations.

A First in Hampton Roads, TCE Summit’s Knowledge/World Café Model Will Help Professionals to Get Hired

An exciting introduction this year is the first ever TCE Knowledge Café, a 21st Century Global Learning model that increases “new” content retention, complex problem solving and goal activation! The Career Engineer said, “ I am very excited to bring this World Café concept in learning to the Hampton Roads market place. This “new wave of conferencing” will go beyond conference excitement, but will deliver immediate career/biz impact for professionals to “change their Monday mornings.”

Featured Business panelists this year are: Mrs. Stacy Hugo Mansfield, Director of Public Relations, Norfolk Southern; Mr. Duane Thompson, CEO of Sabrosa Foods (Featured on Shark Tank); Dr. Amelia Ross-Hammond, City of Virginia Beach Council Women and business advocate; Mr. Adrian Woodard CEO of Favor Multimedia & Pastor of Favor Nation Church; CEO, Mr. Dennis Gray, Accurid Pest Solutions (successful Gov’t Contractor) and Mr. Derrick Martin, President iHeartMedia (Norfolk).

Featured Career/Workforce panelists include CEO, Mr. Torin Ellis (TV judge, human capital entrepreneur/hybrid recruiter) of Baltimore; Ms. Danielle Dutton, MS, PHR, Office of Civilian Human Resources (Federal Government) just to name a few.

Partners of this event include Amtrak, Heritage Capital Group LLC, nErgyConcepts, LLC, Images By Kenneth and the TCE Network. For more on the TCE Career & Biz Summit and Awards Luncheon, go http://TCEnow.com or the event page @ http://TCEsummit2015.eventbrite.com

 

 

The Career Engineer®, http://TCEnow.com/, is a nationally awarded and recognized Virginia-based consulting firm that helps career seekers & business owners increase their “bottom-line” with career networking, social media platform building and procurement connections. The Career Engineer received the 2012 Silver Star Award for Jobs/Entrepreneurship (ULHRYP), 2010 Women in Business Achievement Award (Inside Business), featured on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, BlackEnterprise.com, Chicago Tribune and is a recurring expert on WAVY10 and media across the USA.

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TCE Says, “Let’s Shutdown Proof Your Career”

Don’t get anxious – get prepared!  Rumours about gov’t shutdowns, layoffs or 3rd quarter downsizing got you down? Never fear, the Career Engineer is here with  four ways to “deal with shutdowns”  and brighten your career outlook.  By the way, I look forward to your comments, questions and thank you in advance for sharing with others.

TCE Says, “Let’s Shutdown Proof Your Career”

  • Access Where You Are: Get a realistic handle on your career power & cash resources (60, 90, 180 day plans are a good idea).  Of course this is EASIER if you continue to REALationship network…while you are employed versus “the other way around”.  Check out our TCE FREE Resume Review

 

  • If it’s Broke, Fix It: Stop using a BROKE brand (Update.. the Update).  Repeat after me…Technology is our friend!…don’t be afraid to embrace it and use it to increase your reach and leverage.  So..give that ole resume and LinkedIn Profile a facelift…or the boot (it’s up to you). P.S. are you Periscoping Yet?

 

  • Always Have a “B & C “ Game:   Have you considered…Adjunct teaching, small home based business, outsource your skills (elance.com) or part-time gig.  NEVER place all your eggs into one job basket (that called dangerous). Explore your interests and think about several collateral markets where your gifts and talents can shine.

 

 

  • Bonus Connection Event:  Sat, October 17, 2015 TCE Career & Biz Summit and Awards Luncheon:  Tickets available – Click Banner on TCEnow.com (Out of work – compete for a FREE panel seat)

 

The Career Engineer“Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared” The Career Engineer: http://TCEnow.com Email: info@TCEnow.com 757-745-4TCE , Twitter @CareerEngineer

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TCE Shares Surprising Low-tech Job Boosters!

Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared!

As much as I love cyberspace and the Internet…I do believe that many of us are loosing our “human touch” in the career search process. So… your Career Engineer has stopped by to share three (3) low-tech boosters that can help you hear the words…”You Are Hired!” Trust me, this may be one of the few times I am not talking..technology!  So let me know your thoughts, what do you think about the value of low-tech engagement in a high-tech society…could “this”be the new thing that sets candidates apart? (share your comments and feel free to share this post with others :))

 

 TCE Low Tech – High-Touch Tips

 

  • The Telephone is Your Friend: Who says you can’t make “warm calls” to small businesses/employers to see if they are  hiring and to SELL yourself? (Unadvertised leads)

 

  • Meet The Manager: Have you ever tried “talking” with people who are vetted in the field or are decision makers in the industry you desire? It’s a great way to source what they are looking for and future needs. (Sets You Apart)

 

  • The Power of a “Thank You”: When is the last time you wrote a REAL, ORGANIC, HANDWRITTEN thank you card (sent in the mail) to the interviewer or someone who helped you get IN the “interview chair”. (Powerful Deal Booster or Closer)

 

  • Bonus: TCE PushUp: Build Your NETWORK BEFORE You Need It! It makes the above processes…EASIER!!

 

 

 

The Career EngineerDon’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared” The Career Engineer (Career Coaching & Biz Services): TCEnow.com, 757-745-4TCE (4823), Check TCE out on Twitter (& Periscope)  @CareerEngineer & Facebook.com/Dontgetanxious

The Career Engineer Shares “High Tech/High Touch” Job Search boosters on “Thinking Out Loud” TV Show

 

Screen Shot 2015-08-07 at 3.39.37 PMI had a GREAT time on the Show Thinking Out Loud with host Mark Cox and powered by WCTV Chesapeake, VA.  Check out this short segment which will provide REAL and RELEVANT content for you as you get ready to change your Monday mornings!  I focused on common career search mistakes, the role of technology and social media and career branding for success in the 21st century marketplace.  Plus, how to answer a STUPID Question…yeah don’t miss that!

Let me know what you think about the TCE Segment and if you have any questions please share them  below in this blog’s comment section.  Feel free to like and share this with others who are looking for Career Tips to change the game!  Don’t forget to check out and get your tickets for our  October 17, 2015 TCE Career & Biz Summit and Awards Luncheon

12 TCE “PushUps” for My Son on His 21st Birthday

Happy 21st Birthday Nehemiah

Nehemiah L. Harrison

NSBE Leadership, ODU Class of 2016 (Mechanical Engineering)

Well Facebook buddies, you asked for it, you’ve got it! I shared my top 12 Wisdom points to my son Nehemiah on his 21st Birthday (which is today June 18, 2015).  I have received more comments and thank you’s on those 12 points and suggestion that I should “share with others.”  So I figured, “why not”…plus it helps me to get use to blogging more..  There are millions of “parental units”  (that’s what my son calls…us) out there who are  “proud, excited  and concerned” about their budding 21-year-old.

This is a brave new world..and very different from my 21st year experience.  In this quick, fast and in a hurry world, with limited human interaction, irrational actions and folks who “act FIRST and THINK later”;  how can I keep my son (or daughter)..safe.  So, with that being said, here are some of the “uh oh’s” that came through my brain.
  • Are they ready..I mean REALLY Read?
  • Will the world treat them fairly, he’s raised in the suburbs?
  • Will he  make it… with or without Google?
  • Will WE make it?

So below is what I shared with my son (on a Facebook post this morning ) to celebrate an amazing 21 year journey.  I hope it blesses or helps my fellow “parental units” out there.

THE ACTUAL FACEBOOK POST

It’s after 12N so it’s official!! Happy 21st BirthdayNehemiah Harrison from your #MeetTheHarrisonsteam Tonnie Harrison To”Niah Harrison and ME. It’s been a pretty exciting ride. Yes we EXPECT Great Things.

But Remember these 12 Wisdom Moments from “The Parental Units”:

1.   When in DOUBT, Do WITHOUT

2.   TRUST…But VERIFY

3.    Never SETTLE Always Be in a Position to SELECT

4.   When there is NO WIND…ROW

5.    Do the RIGHT Thing for the RIGHT Reason.

6.    NEVER VENT INSIDE The TENT (leadership 101)

7.    The Borrower is a SLAVE To the Lender (Credit 101)

8.    What Would JESUS Do (Remember Tip 1)

9.    Don’t Trust a NICE Butt…and a Smile

10.  Don’t Marry the ONE You Can LIVE With…Marry the ONE You Can’t LIVE Without (LOVE 101)

11.  NO SEED, NO HARVEST, NO SHORTCUTS

FINALLY

12. Trust GOD Always, Trust Your GUT sometimes…but if you have ANY Questions, About Anything, Any Day, Any Time, Any where… Ask Mom and Dad! (We Got Your Back!)

 

TCE Blogs: Uber Driver Is Employee, Not Contractor Says, California…#Really?

(Source entrepreneur.com/article/247453)

Wow, so that changes the game on Uber...Big Time!  America…you may have to find your Taxi’s number because this ruling in California may just change the way Uber operates…across the nation.  How and why you may ask?  Well it means that Uber may have to do what most businesses HAVE to do…when they hire folks: follow employment law!   If you are not sure exactly what this “hoopla” is all about, read the article RIGHT HERE.

(Source Google Images)

For those reading  this blog who may say “so what, who cares and …what’s the BIG Deal?”  Well Uber has been “cruising”  with its fleet of “low-cost high returns” drivers by keeping them as 1099 (independent contractors).  In short, by filling the driver need with 1099’s versus W2’s  workers,  UBER IS NOT REQUIRED to handle payroll taxes (state/federal/etc). That daunting task is the responsibility of the …”independent contractor” aka Jane and John personal car driver.  Companies who use this model (which is perfectly legal) for “filling or outsourcing their needs”  don’t have to deal with employment law factors related to hiring/firing, EEOC, ADA, Worker’s Comp, insurances or other human resources compliances (which means – they save BIG BUCKS).

The Career EngineerSo…since business progressive (and very liberal) California said “hold on, wait a minute…STOP” could other states or commonwealths (like my conservative Virginia) rethink their Uber business rulings?  So from my TCE viewpoint,  there are two ways that this can go..for Uber and the folks they “pick up”. One, Uber has to be an employer in California, the cost for service will go up substantially for this “new method” of transportation and demand will potentially go down.  Or, two Uber will say “we are out of here” and shut the party down all together with its “personal vehicle” service.  So it will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

In the mean time, I may have to get my whistle skills back and learn how to “hail a taxi”…again 🙂

NOW IT’S YOUR TURN

So..What say you?  What are your feeling on the whole Uber car service and the “personal ” vehicle use?  Is this California ruling a “good thing” or government meddling in the business world?  Would love to hear your thoughts…comment below!

Got the Interview….Now What?

The Career Engineer

Got the Interview….Now What? TCE Top Post Interview Boosters

Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared!  So. you had the interview!  The interviewer seemed to be captured by you!   You are feel pretty good about yourself and sense that you “hit it out of the park!”  That’s great, but now what do you do?  There are some power boosters and pitfalls to be aware of that can INFLUENCE the “You are Hired…decision!”  But it’s very important that you use these strategies with care and the right way…so you don’t screw things up.

So here are a few TCE tips to make the interview waiting period…less anxious.

Thank you card! A REAL, handwritten, USPS mailed OR dropped off within 48 hours. Addressed to the decision maker(s) and make sure you mention an organic/authentic  talking point from the interview. This is one of the most “hi-touch” power moves in the industry…and so many fail to use it in the “point and click world of today”.  (Note to Readers:  NO THANK YOU? BIG MISTAKE).

  • TCE Tip: TCE is “anti” email thank you notes.

Strategic Follow-up: In some cases, a personal follow-up call can be a GREAT “get noticed” booster. Warning, this assertive strategy MUST be tactfully qualified by asking during your interview, if a “follow-up” call is appropriate. No one wants a stalker or a pest….so make sure you KNOW the difference before you call or reach out to someone.  But if done correctly…this smart move can demonstrate what you can deliver to the employer.  (Note to Readers:  Who doesn’t like someone who follows through?)

  • TCE Tip: A little scared, then leave a voicemail early AM or late PM

Don’t STOP on the Feeling: Stay in the race. Keep on meeting, networking AND interviewing with potential employers UNTIL you show UP on your first day of work.  One of the WORSE things a career professional can do is to STOP their strategic job search…based on a false, unproven…feeling.  Keep it moving and flowing…always.

  • TCE Tip: traditional and non-traditional networking events are EVERYWHERE…make sure you keep your buzz  branded in the right spaces.  

You CAN Get Hired While it’s…HOT!

Let’s Bust Some Summer Job Search Myths!

 

STILL think that the summer is NOT a great time to start your job search? Don’t get anxious – get prepared! The Career Engineer is here by to share how to use this mythical DOWN time to get in LINE for your next summer or FT Job! So let’s BUST some summer job myths…right now.

TCE Myth Busting Time!

  • Camp or PT Jobs Only: False! Great employers look for GREAT talent all year-long. There are FT employment opportunities in the professional sectors available. TCEjobstop is showcasing both FT and PT opportunities, right now. Check it out TCEjobStop
  • No One Hires in the Summer: False! Summer is a great time to get your brand into the market place, while your competition is eating hot dogs and playing on the beach.
  • ZERO Networking in the Summer: False! BBQ’s, reunions and picnics are some of the BEST untapped networking gatherings. Plus you can still get connected at professional gatherings during the summer by using Eventbrite or your local calendars.
  • Volunteer or Summer Jobs Never Lead to Permanent: False! Volunteer work and PT summer are great catapults to professional FT work…and perfect options for filling in gaps. You would be surprised at how many Sr. level managers and CEO’s started in the mailroom or at the register. 

TCE Bonus: TCE 1st Tuesdays, 6:30PM @ Aloft Chesapeake: Bring you’re “A-game, have your brand pitch ready and makes some career and biz connections. RSVP please to confirm you spot.

TCE Blogs: Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price In $70,000 Salary Promise

So as it turns out, guaranteeing employees a $70,000 salary is great for business. Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price In $70,000 Salary Promise   Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price has been flooded with both new clients and job applicants since he…

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TCE Blogs: New Survey Shows National Small Business Economic Sentiment in Unprecedented Geographic Detail

Thumbtack.com and Bloomberg Release Survey of More Than 10,000 Nationwide Respondents; Broad Improvement Seen Over 2+ Years of Data Collected So Far Shows a Slow and Steady Recovery SAN FRANCISCO, CA – May 19, 2015 – Thumbtack.com today released the…

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TCE says, “You Have to Career Crawl Before You Can Career Brand Run!”

TCE Career Baby steps

Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared! Every baby has to learn how to crawl before they can walk (or run!) The same is true in creating and maintaining a powerful career brand. So… The Career Engineer has stopped by to share some “Baby Steps” to take, which can help YOU to increase your chances of getting hired.

Note to the Career Brand Babies; don’t get comfortable just crawling around…for too long!

 

Here Are Some Great TCE Career Baby Steps…

  • Onet Online: http://www.onetonline.org/ Explore thousands of department of Labor 0ccupational titles, related careers, growth outlook, salary, tasks, skills etc. A TCE Best Bet Career Exploration Tool
  • Self-Directed Search (SDS): Holland’s Self-Directed Job Search (SDS): http://www.self-directed-search.com/ Used over 20 million times and it’s one of the BEST vocational exploration test out there. Only 20 – 30 min online test! Find your three letter Holland code: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional and find your best FIT!

 

 

“Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared” The Career Engineer: TCEnow.com, 757-745-4TCE (4823), Check TCE out on  @CareerEngineer & Facebook.com/Dontgetanxious

Ask The Career Engineer: 2014 Tax Deductions for Your Job Hunt

TaxtimeonlyResume preparation, resume copies, career coaching, travel to interviews, joining networking group! Are any of these items “tax deductible? The Career Engineer shares “gentle” Tax Tips and Career Boosters during ….Tax Time.  Remember to talk with your tax advisor to discuss your unique situation and to obtain the right deductions for you.

Check Out These Overlooked Tax Deductions (Source, IRS.gov)

  • Job search in your current occupation COULD BE tax-deductible. (Key word = Current Occupation).
  • You can deduct amounts you spend for preparing and mailing copies of your résumé.
  • If you travel to an area to look for a new job you may be able to deduct travel expenses to and from the area.
  • The amount of job search expenses that you can claim on your tax return is LIMITED.
  • Records and Receipts – key point “current industry”.
  • The IRS and LOTS of companies are hiring nationwide: http://irs.usajobs.gov/

For more information about job search expenses, see IRS Publication 529, Miscellaneous Deductions. This publication is available on www.irs.gov or by calling 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676). Click this website for specific details on Job Search Expenses 

Missed Our LIVE “Job Hunting Deductions” Broadcast? 

“Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared” The Career Engineer: http://TCEnow.com Email: info@TCEnow.com 757-745-4TCE (4823),  @CareerEngineer & Facebook.com

Are You READY for the Sizzling Spring Hiring Season?

The Career Engineer

Brrr…February may be the coldest month of the Winter, but the 2015 career season is warming up!  Do you know how to heat up your career search or do you prefer to go through another jobless blizzard?  Don’t me dismayed, the DOL job numbers are looking great  but the REAL question is…do you know how to get noticed to get hired?  Never fear the Career Engineer is here to share some TCE Hot Career Tips so that you can hear the words “You Are Hired!”  Share your comments and let me know what you think about these tips.

P.S.  Looking for a great job right now, click our TCEjobStop and find 1,000’s of opportunities in your backyard or across the country.

 Here we go…

  1. Strategic Networking & Attend Targeted Career Fairs  (Unplug & Meet REAL People)
  2. Companies Want “performers” not  “presenters”.  (There IS a difference)
  3. Expect GREAT Companies to ask REAL questions.  Performance stories ROCK!
  4. Tactfully SELL Your Value = TCE’s (PALs) Approach
  5. Accomplishments are mandatory. To have nothing… will not do.
  6. Got Gaps?  Fill Them!  Volunteering during an employment gap could actually work in your favor.

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Career Self-Discovery: Discover WHO You Are BEFORE Deciding WHAT You Will Do!

Who Are You? What is Your Purpose? Where Do You Belong? What Job is RIGHT for You? Join me for this 30 minute Broadcast and let’s Find out …Together!

TCE Career Superbowl: How YOU Can Get That Ring!

Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared! The Big Game this year showcased a showdown between EXTREME experience (Old Lion) versus a fresh new perspective (New Lion).  Both candidates’ aka NFL teams wanted the job (the Super Bowl Ring); but ONLY One Team WON the Spot!

The same is true in our careers. But the REAL question is…what’s YOUR Game plan to WIN Your Career Super Bowl 2015! Do you know… which strategy enhances your value (i.e. experience or your fresh perspective/training)? How strong is your defense? Does your offense put some points on the board? At the end of the day, the Super Bowl and YOUR Job Search will always comes down to who wants it more…and who SELLS it BEST. Let’s go get it!!

 

Here’s How You Win The Big Game 2015…TCE Style!

  • Decide That You are Playing to WIN! Positive mindset is essential, “86” the negativity (Think Winner!). “As a Job Seeker Thinks…so He/She is”
  • Block & Tackle: Have REAL answers for the TOUGH questions. (Know Your Barriers to Employment or Success…and solve it)
  • Don’t Fumble: Practice & Plan your sells game aka interview & closing techniques. (You’ MUST have a Game Plan – this is NOT a time to Wing It)
  • When Someone Throws You the Ball…Catch It! TCE Power Principles: (Show-Up, Step-Up and Follow-Up) are essential to WIN! Half stepping and excuses won’t cut it!!

 

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“Ask The Career Engineer”: What are the Hot Jobs & Trends in 2015?

 

Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared! Welcome to the 1st Monday of the New Year. 60% of employers expect to hire talent this year (Source Dice.com)! But the REAL question is…will you be one of them! Never fear, The Career Engineer is here to share “What’s HOT in the Career Space in 2015.”

 

  • Tele-Working or Remote Work: Lots of major corporations, DOD contractors and more are using this model (Engineers, IT, Consultants, PM, Administrators). Booster: saves time and money! Pitfall: have to be self-motivated, disciplined and tech savvy to be successful.

 

 

  • Cyber Security Jobs: From para-professionals to Chief Technology Officer. With recent crashes, threads, hacks and more. WhiteHats are in demand now more than ever (so is employee HONESTY)! (Recent Twitter Crash & “The Interview”.) Click and check out Hot CyberSecurity Jobs  today .

 

  • Contractor & Freelancing are Growing: over 53 million Americans are now freelancing their skills and talents (Recent study by Elance-oDesk.com).   Some Freelance jobs across the USA are listed HERE 

 

  • Gen Z is not just College but High School Students: Sweet PAID Internships from Big Businesses like Microsoft, Lockheed Martin: Gen Z’s are hot (Born 1994 – 2010). Companies need STEM pioneers and to compete for the best talent they are branding themselves now in…high school! (Facebook, LinkedIn etc.)

 

  • TCEJobStop:  Over 1M open Jobs (right now). Use this GREAT Niche Site to find the hottest Jobs in your zipcode or across the country!

 

 The Career Engineer: http://TCEnow.com  Follow Us on Twitter @CareerEngineer Like us on Facebook.com/DontGetAnxious or Call  757-745-4TCE (4823)

Not Getting Hired? Here’s Why (TCE Tough Love)

Looking for work can be stressful. When we don’t get hired we often say things like: why aren’t they calling me back, I know I crushed the interview but why didn’t they hire me! Then of course there is the, I’m overqualified, that’s why I am not getting hired! We’ve all been there, submitting those resume, going to the interviews and nothing happens. What’s the real deal here, is it the employer or is it you? Truth be told, maybe it’s a bit of both! So, never fear, the Career Engineer is here to share some REAL TCE Tough love to share what employers want and how you can meet the need.

 

 

Why Am I NOT Getting Hired?

  • YOU DON’T HAVE the skills they need: It’s NOT about what you can do; it’s about what they need. If the job requires 5 years of “thus and so” and you have 2 years and still apply…yikes! If the job prefers a Bachelor’s degree and you apply with a PhD…well? TCE Example: Employer needs a hammer but you keep sending the duck tape, lawn mower, power drill and forklift resume…get it!

 

  • YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU WANT: Still applying for ANYTHING and EVERYTHING! This demonstrates lack of focus, planning, strategy, research, and preparation skills. Would you hire someone who throws a ball in the air and HOPE it hits the target?

 

  • YOUR INTERVIEWS NEED WORK: Just the facts…oh and some great stories. An interview is a meeting of the mind, body, soul, spirit and yes skills. This is where you are being accessed (all of you). By the way, you have maybe 30 minutes to SELL your gifts, talents, energy, personality, passion, knowledge, ability, job interest and skills. (So Practice!)

 

  • YOUR resumes are confusing: Plus you have too many of them! Your resume should showcase what you WANT and what you have DONE with what you’ve GOT! It should speak to your Performance, Accomplishments and Leadership (P.A.L.), passion and personality. It’s your first work sample…not something you just throw together.

 

  • YOU’RE NOT A GOOD FIT: Failure happens when you try to be something that you are not! Forcing a square peg (with skills) into a round hole (need skills)…will not work. Employer hire for skill, talent and ability…but they also hire for likability and “goodness of fit” as well. Do your research and find the right company, culture and management style that works for you. For example these are all great employers with a big difference in workplace culture (Google, Amazon, USgov, Pfizer, Costco).

Learn what Employers and CEO’s Want: Saturday, October 21, TCE Career & Biz Breakfast & Summit “The POWER of NOW & NEXT!” http://TCEsummit.com & http://Facebook.com/TCEconference

When YOU Purchase a Ticket, We DONATE a Ticket in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

 

 

From One Cancer Patient to Another …#SenatorMcCain

As a Stage 3, triple negative, breast cancer overcomer healed in Jesus name…I am shocked that #johnmccain did this. He can fight this disease without worrying how he can afford to pay for his life saving treatment. I’m a retired military family member have a Feb 2017 surgery denial (after I had the surgery) from my insurance company that I have to FIGHT for to get them to pay the bill.

Shame on you #senatormccain, as you go back home and get the BEST healthcare that money can buy on the backs of American taxpayers who struggle to receive affordable healthcare. All those patients on chemo and radiation right now…using the ACA and/or protected by the ACA …you voted to end their treatment and their fight. From one Cancer patient to another … again I say shame on you and may God have mercy on your soul.

Yes…I am…struggling with this….BIG TIME!!!!

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